The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $15,000 to the Charleston Academy of Music to support the Kidzymphony Orchestra Program.
It was one of 788 arts grants awarded nationwide, totaling $24.81 million.
The Kidzymphony Orchestra Program was started in 2009. It is housed at the Meeting Street Academy and provides first- and second-graders musical instruction and performance opportunities at no cost to their families.
About 38 students meet to learn to play the violin, viola or cello through private and group lessons, basic skills/theory class and orchestra rehearsal.
The students perform multiple times throughout the year in venues that are accessible to diverse, underserved audiences. The program is supported by grants and private donations in its entirety.
CAM is a nonprofit with the mission of empowering students to become achievers by providing musical instruction and performance opportunities.
New students of all skill levels ages 4 and up are eligible. CAM is accepting applications for its 2012 summer camps at the College of Charleston (June 11-15).